Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Copying Sargent's Lady Agnew


This is a 1.5-hr. copy of Sargent's famous Lady Agnew. I'm sure this could have benefited from some drawing/sketching out in order to get the proportions right, but I just launched right in without doing that (don't do that, people; do as I say, not as I do). I got tired at this point and stopped. This is on an old, previously-wiped masonite panel. 

His paintings are soooo luscious. It's a joy just copying him.

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14 comments:

Cathyann said...

Belated birthday greetings, Jala! Gosh, to be 40 anything again!
That tulip is beautiful.
Must be on the same wavelength...I started a copy of a Sargent too. I do so love his work..just mesmerizing.

L.Holm said...

Beautiful, Jala. His Lady Agnew is one of my favorites (and the light in Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose and....Well, you know! Your skin tones are great., and you've got the arch of that brow done gorgeously.

brian eppley said...

This might be crazy but I'm seeing a Francis Bacon thing here. Her left eye is exquisite and the twist on her right side is deformed. I don't think you were going for Bacon here but I see it

LSaeta said...

Very well done! Doesn't look like you need to do any sketching!

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

To hell with getting it "exactly" right. Paint and enjoy the learning process. I'm trying to do a partial copy of a horse painting I think he did. I think this because I have his name in the copy of the image I took off the internet. So far I have not been able to do a decent drawing of the horse let alone paint it.

Vern Schwarz said...

Jala, you really know how to make 1.5 hrs. count. I'm with Liz, love these skin tones and the beautifully painted features.

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

I love it that you are fearless, and tackle all kinds of art! This has a freshness and directness that maybe would have been lost if you labored over it. Goooooood work!

bonnieluria said...

Catching up on your several posts since returning home.
I love the lips and nose and how she's already emerging from the neutral ground with a definitive personality.
Like you, birthday girl.

Oh, did I forget to pay homage to your painted skin tones?

Laurel Daniel said...

I really like where you stopped with this... it's sort of emerging with lots of room to imagine the rest. That one eye is piercing.

Jala Pfaff said...

Cathyann - Which one are you doing?

Liz - I agree. This one looks better in person, I can assure you--the skin tones on screen look kind of like "dead person."

Brian E - You are hilarious. Made me crack up.

Leslie - I really, really should've measured first. :O

Bill - I'd like to see your horse.

Vern - Thanks!

Kelley - Thank you. I TRY to be fearless with art, but I'm not as much as I want to be.

Bonnie - Welcome back. Thank you.

Laurel - I liked it a lot at this point, too. :)

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

WOW, I'd recognize her anywhere.
What a perfect testimony to copying the masters, something I always talk about but never do!
Happy Birthday!
40 is in my rearview mirror, too ;)

Mona said...

Beautiful! You stopped at just the right spot. Very luscious.

McLeod Art said...

why copy sargent without using the same approach? think of it as a wholistic manner, instead of taking it peacewise. go for effect over likeness. and try to do what he did, not make it look like his looks!

great work, though!

Jala Pfaff said...

Thanks, Mary. I've only just started doing it, after a lot of time just talking about doing it... :)

Thank you, Mona! Luscious is definitely the word for Sargent.

McLeod Art - Hi and thanks for stopping by. I can't quite follow what you mean (peacewise?) but I will say that I believe there is merit in copying even a single finger, eye, or nose from a master painting.